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January 09, 2014



Amy Vick, The Columbus Foundation,, 614/251-4000

Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund Announces Grants — January 2014

Columbus, OH (January 9, 2014)—The Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund has awarded 11 grants totaling more than $66,000 to organizations serving Chillicothe and Ross County.

Altar Inc.—$3,000 to support four Middleground live events hosted at the YMCA, focusing on healthy living.

American Red Cross, Scioto Valley—$4,000 to purchase tables and chairs to complete the Community Room.

Bryant Beans Butt, Inc.—$3,000 to support the education of Ross County citizens about depression and suicide through print and sound media, and billboard advertising.

Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio, Inc.—$5,000 to support the Adult Day program.

First Presbyterian Church dba Children’s Clothing Bank—$1,000 to purchase clothing for children in need.

Gods Community Food Pantry—$3,600 to purchase food items for the Community Food Pantry.

P U R R Fect Companions Cat Adoption Center Inc.—$1,500 to purchase seven permanent signs and newspaper advertising space.

Ross County Christian Academy—$9,000 to support the Ross County Christian Academy curriculum upgrade.

Ross County Genealogical Society—$1,800 to develop a website to assist with family history research.

Scioto Society, Inc.—$30,000 in support of a sustainable operating plan.

Seeds of Hope—$5,000 to train caseworkers and mentors to implement care plans to address barriers related to homelessness.


About the Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund

Robert E. Schaefer, a longtime Chillicothe resident, established this fund to provide for the cultural development, health and human welfare, and economic development of Chillicothe and Ross County. A veteran newspaperman, Mr. Schaefer, who died in 1997, served the community for more than 60 years. He joined the Chillicothe Gazette in 1938 and began a career that spanned 36 years.

A great believer in education, Mr. Schaefer established scholarships at Ohio University–Chillicothe and The Ohio State University to provide opportunities for the next generation of young people from Ross County. He also devoted much of his time and efforts to promote industrial development in Chillicothe, striving to move the community forward and position it for the future.

An advisory committee, made up of family members and community representatives, assists with grant recommendations.


About The Community Foundations, Inc.

Community Foundations, Inc., was established in 1987 to enable donors to support nonprofit organizations primarily in the state of Ohio and beyond the central Ohio region. For more information, please call 614/251-4000.